Pharaonic Delight: Classic Egyptian Foul Medames

Journey to the dawn of civilization with Foul Medames, a dish as ancient as the pyramids themselves. This hearty fava bean stew, infused with garlic, lemon, and cumin, has been the breakfast of champions for millennia in Egypt. 

Every spoonful captures the essence of the Nile Delta, offering a rich, earthy flavor complemented by a hint of spice and citrus.

A traditional plate featuring Egyptian Foul Medames, where mashed fava beans are elegantly garnished with fresh parsley and drizzled with olive oil, accompanied by appetizing slices of pita bread.

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes (excluding overnight soaking)
  • Cooking Time: 2 hours

The Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields 4 servings. 
  • Ideal Serving Size: 200g per serving.

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calorie Count: 300 kcal/serving
  • Macronutrients:
    • Proteins: 20g
    • Carbohydrates: 50g
    • Fats: 3g
  • Sodium: 210mg
  • Dietary Fiber: 13g
A close-up that wonderfully captures the rich texture of Foul Medames, emphasizing the mashed beans, spices, and the vibrant fresh parsley.

Ingredients, Measured in Grams

  • Dried fava beans: 400g
  • Garlic cloves: 20g
  • Fresh lemon juice: 30ml
  • Ground cumin: 5g
  • Olive oil: 15ml
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
  • Fresh parsley (for garnish): 10g

A Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Soak the dried fava beans in water overnight.
  2. Drain the beans and place them in a pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the beans simmer for about 2 hours, or until they are soft and tender.
  4. Once cooked, drain the beans and place them in a bowl. Mash them slightly with a fork.
  5. Mix in minced garlic, lemon juice, ground cumin, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  6. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve hot.
A preparation scene displaying the raw ingredients for Foul Medames, meticulously arranged, beckoning the culinary adventure ahead.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • Serve Foul Medames with warm pita bread and a drizzle of tahini for added richness.
  • Adding a few boiled eggs on top can enhance the dish's protein content.
A comforting pot view, where the fava beans are being simmered to their perfect tenderness, with steam indicating their readiness.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use canned fava beans? Yes, but the cooking time will be significantly reduced. Ensure you rinse them well before use.
  • What other garnishes can I use? Diced tomatoes, sliced onions, and a sprinkle of chili powder can also be used as garnishes.